Community & Regional Planning

Accredited Program

Iowa State's undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning (BSCRP) and graduate Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree programs are nationally accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

Why does accreditation matter?
Accreditation evaluates and recognizes an educational institution's performance and quality. Graduation from an accredited program establishes that you have met the educational standards of the professional planning organizations. Both the BSCRP and MCRP programs were reaccredited in 2012 and will be reviewed again in 2017.

 

 

 

 

Program Outcomes
The faculty of the Department of Community and Regional Planning have developed a set of outcomes for its BSCRP and MCRP programs. We are presently developing a simplified set of outcomes to track progress.

Student Achievement
Students that secure internship and want to get credit can register for CRP 330 (upper level undergraduates) or CRP 530 (graduates). These courses may be taken for 1 to 3 semester credit hours and is repeatable. At the end of the internship, the student’s supervisor is expected to complete and submit an evaluation form to the CRP Department internship coordinator. Supervisors evaluate the interns on a number of indicators on the student’s performance including their writing ability, speaking ability, understanding of planning concepts, ability to analyze problems, and effectiveness in carrying out assignments. For each of these indicators, the intern is rated on a scale of 4 (Excellent = 4; Good = 3; Fair = 2; Poor =1). We use the overall mean score for these indicators as a measure of overall student achievement in the program. Note that some of the our students who complete planning internships, decide not to register for the course credit so their supervisors are not required to complete an evaluation form.

Semester Bachelors Program Masters Program
Number of Students Overall mean score Number of Students Overall mean score
Spring 2015 1 4 1 3.4
Summer 2015 5 3.6 2 3.4
Fall 2015 9 3.4 5 3.5

 

Cost of Attendance
Contact: Student Financial Aid | Email: financialaid@iastate.edu | Phone: (515) 294-2223 

Information concerning the cost of attending ISU is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid. These costs consist of tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and any additional costs for a program in which the student is enrolled or expresses an interest. 

Tuition and Fees
Undergraduate

2015-16 Academic Year Tuition Fees Total
In-state $6,648 $1,087 $7,736
Out-of-state: $19,768 $1,087 $20,856

 

Graduate Program

2015-16 Academic Year Tuition Fees Total
In-state $8,130 $1,042 $9,172
Out-of-state: $21,054 $1,042 $22,096

 

Iowa State University provides a planning tool for estimating total expenses at
http://www.financialaid.iastate.edu/cost/expenses-estimator.php

Student Retention and Graduation Rates
During 2013 the Department of Community and Regional Planning awarded BSCRP degrees to 24 students and MCRP degrees to 12 graduates. Graduation rate data are not available at the department level. Graduation data and retention rates for ISU full-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate students are available in the ISU Fact Book. ISU retention, graduation, and transfer out data are also available in the ISU College Portrait.

Bachelors Program Retention and Graduation Rates

Academic Year Entering Cohort Retention Rate Graduated within 6 years Graduation Rate
2009 - 2010 30 77% 22 73%
2010 - 2011 24 83% 20 83%
2011 - 2012 35 83% 28 80%*
2012 - 2013 28 75% 20 71%**
2013 - 2014 29 90% n/a n/a
2014 - 2015 30 77% n/a n/a

* 5-year graduation rate
** 4-year graduation rate

Number of Degrees Awarded: 2014 – 24; 2015 – 16

 

Master's Program Retention and Graduation Rates

Academic Year Number enrolled Retention Rate Graduated with 4 years Graduation Rate
2010 - 2011 11 100% 10 91%
2011 - 2012 6 100% 5 89%
2012 - 2013 10 80% 8 80%*
2013 - 2014 15 100% 9 60%**
2014 - 2015 15 87% n/a n/a
2015 - 2016 14 n/a n/a n/a

* 3-year graduation rate
** 2-year graduation rate

Number of Degrees Awarded: 2014 – 12; 2015 - 9

 

AICP Exam Pass Rate
To become a certified planner, members of the American Planning Association (APA) must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Exam. The pass rate is the percentage of test takers who pass the examination within 3 years of graduating from a master’s program, and/or within 5 years of graduating from a bachelor’s program.

Bachelors Program  
Graduation Years 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Number taking exam 5 5 5 3 1
Pass rate 40% 60% 100% 66% 100%
Masters Program  
Graduation Years 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Number taking exam 3 2 0 0 0
Pass rate 67% 100% n/a n/a n/a

 

Employment Rate

The Employment Rate measures the percentage of graduates who obtain planning positions or elect to pursue an advanced degree within one year of graduation. The College of Design surveys graduates of the program one year after graduation.  

  Bachelors Program Masters Program
2012 (calendar year)    
Graduates - 2012 30 7
Responses 25 7
Response rate 83% 100%
Employment    
  Professional planning job 48% 100%
  Professional planning-related job 20% 0%
  Pursuing advanced degree 28% 0%
Total employed 96% 100%
     
2013 (calendar year)    
Graduates - 2013 22 9
Responses 17 8
Response rate 77% 89%
Employment    
       Professional planning job 59% 88%
  Professional planning-related job 23% 12%
  Pursuing advanced degree 12% 0%
Total employed 94% 100%
     
2014 (calendar year)    
Graduates - 2014 27 11
Responses 20 11
Response rate 74% 100%
Employment    
  Professional planning job 60% 64%
  Professional planning-related job 5% 18%
  Pursuing advanced degree 20% 9%
Total employed 85% 91%

 

Historic survey data.